Revenge is a dish best served cold, and the Warriors are getting the iciest plate of comeuppance this season.
For the last five seasons, the Warriors have torched the league. Dancing and shimmying their way over countless NBA corpses en route to five straight trips to the NBA Finals.
It's a different feel this season. Kevin Durant is gone and Klay Thompson likely will miss the season as he recovers from a torn ACL. Steph Curry broke his hand just four games into the season and will be re-evaluated in February. The Warriors' roster has gone from star-studded world beaters to a collection of rookies and reclamation projects for head coach Steve Kerr to mold into a competitive team.
After years at the top, other NBA teams are loving rubbing the Warriors' nose in their misery.
"It got old with the antics," one Pacific Division player told Bleacher Report's Ric Bucher. "Now that they've come back to reality, you want to beat the hell out of them and see Steph with that towel over his head in the fourth [quarter]. ... But the team now isn't the Warriors. [You're not going to punish] Glenn Robinson III and D'Angelo Russell. This is about Steph and Draymond."
Of the Warriors remaining in the dynastic rubble, Curry and Draymond Green are the guys who players and executives want to deliver the sweet taste of revenge to.
"Steph," an Eastern Conference vice president told Bucher. "Shimmies. The mouthguard. (Curry has it habitually hanging out of his mouth.) The list is endless."
Then, there's Green.
"Dray, because he's not as good," the Pacific Division rival told Bucher.
As the Warriors look to rebuild quickly this season, both Curry and Green will have to take their lumps, something Curry is familiar with from his first few years with the Warriors.
But there is no doubt the Warriors will be keeping track of who runs up the score on them and will be looking to deliver their own vengeance once fully healthy.
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